Mid-Century Modern

Mid-Century Modern

Today, more than ever, the midcentury modern look is everywhere. Mad Men's final season playing out on Netflix. Flip through Elle D├ęcor, and you'll find that more than half of the featured homes prominently include midcentury furniture pieces. The furniture and decor introduced in the 1950s and 1960s were clean, sophisticated, and inclusive- speaking of a new international world of modern thinking & style with designers from Denmark, Japan and Scandinavia having special influence. Despite the passage of time, mid-century designs have remained a staple in interior architecture.

"Midcentury modern" itself is a difficult term to define. It broadly describes architecture, furniture, and graphic design from the middle of the 20th century (roughly 1933 to 1965, though some would argue the period is specifically limited to 1947 to 1957). The timeframe is a modifier for the larger modernist movement. Mid-century modern furniture is easily identified by their straight, clean lines accented with smooth, curved angles. They rarely feature any fancy ornamentation or upholstery- the emphasis is on the materials used and function in design. This minimalist design commonly relies on wooden construction, but can also include fiberglass or metal. They usually only have one or two colors with little patterns.

Easy to reinterpret with modern adaptations of the designer classics, the style sits very well in contemporary homes and interiors; mid-century still feels fresh today and still feels modern and can be interpreted in clean, minialistic spaces, scandinavian simplicity with reference to nature, or with a more bohemian feel.

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